Archaeologists discover "countless" pottery offerings at hilltop sanctuary on island of Kythnos


A hilltop sanctuary on Kythnos Island in the Aegean Sea has been excavated by archaeologists, revealing "countless" pottery offerings left by worshippers over the years, Greece’s Culture Ministry announced on Wednesday.

The site, which features more than 2,000 intact or almost complete clay figurines, including ones depicting women and children, male actors, birds, lions and pigs as well as ritual pottery vessels associated with the goddess of agriculture, Demeter, and her daughter Persephone.

Vryokastro on the island's shore was the ancient capital city from around the 12th century BC to the 7th century AD, when raids by pirates forced its abandonment.

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